AS Saint-Etienne have signed France Under-21 midfielder Blaise Matuidi from ES Troyes AC on a four-year contract for a fee of €5m.
The 20-year-old has scored three goals in the course of 67 league appearances for Troyes over the past three seasons and has become St-Etienne's fifth signing of the summer following the arrivals of defenders Efstathios Tavlaridis and Cédric Varrault along with forwards Dimitri Payet and David Gigliotti. He was one of the stars of the season for Troyes in 2006/07 but could not prevent his club being relegated after finishing 18th in the 20-team Ligue 1. St-Etienne finished in eleventh place.
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